Maybe we’d all be better off without the hyphens.

July 1st, 2008

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane is proud to be called an African-American:

“To be an African-American is to express pride in having roots in an ancestral homeland…”

So, viagra sale site in that same spirit, pilule I’d like you to call me a German-Irish-Italian-French Canadian-American.

On second thought, the only part I’m really proud of is the last one.

So just call me an American.

(And damned lucky to be one.)

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  • 1. capper  |  July 1st, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    What is wrong with people identifying themselves in a manner they wish? Even if you don’t take pride in your ethnic background, other people might take pride in theirs.

    The ironic thing is that I’m sure many on the right might agree with you, but then they complain if a suspects race is not printed in a news story.

    Or maybe we should do away with all of the labels and just call ourselves Terrans.

  • 2. elliot  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 6:24 am

    “Or maybe we should do away with all of the labels and just call ourselves Terrans.”

    I LOVE that idea!

    Oh, wait, you were kidding, weren’t you?

    You should never kid an old Science Fiction fan about Terra. :(

  • 3. still Unreal...  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 7:02 am

    Capper, spoken like a guilt-ridden liberal (like that hyphen?)

    I’ve been pissed off about this for years….even before i became a citizen.
    I can call myself Italian-American all i want ….but its stupid.
    I am an American. My heritage is Italian.
    and let me tell you, capper, if i wanted to i could call myself Italian-American with much more weight than people who refer to them selves as African-American – i am first generation.
    i would guess that by now thy are at least 3+ generations removed from the boat.
    when do they become JUST American??

  • 4. Tim  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 8:15 am

    I don’t don’t know, still Unreal. Why don’t you ask one face-to-face (like those hyphens?)

  • 5. Lance  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I’m proud to be a Wisconsin-American. Or is it Wisconsinite-American? Cheesy-American?

    I’d say Barabooian-American, but I’ve only been here ten years. Doesn’t seem like enough.

  • 6. elliot  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 9:23 am

    In your case, Lance, I think “Cheesy-American” is probably the most appropriate. ;)

  • 7. capper  |  July 2nd, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Elliot-

    Do you think you’re the only one that likes old sci-fi? (Look, I can use hyphens too!) And I did do just that (the Terran thing) when I felt like being a smart aleck.

    SU-(Look! Another hyphen!)

    I have nothing to feel guilty about. It’s just not a big deal to me what people call themselves. The demand to remove the hyphen smacks of using jingoism to diminish the wishes of others, capiche paisano?

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